Port of Los Angeles

NSGIS delivers award winning Port Solution for Port of Los Angeles

geoPOLAThe Port of Los Angeles (POLA) is Port of Los Angelesone of the busiest ports in the United States. Like most ports it is a multi-faceted enterprise, concerned with not only port operations but also property and lease management, wharf/dock management, utility maintenance and security. POLA container yards and warehouse facilities handle over $250 billion dollars in cargo each year.


The Challenges

The Port of Los Angeles is a highly dynamic environment, with frequent and significant real-time physical changes.

  • Disparate and duplicated data, multiple versions of the built and natural environments, including:
    – Land and water boundary – large scale land reclamation
    – Weather and water conditions
    – Roads, railroads and container terminals – layout and operations
  • Threats to the security and safety of port operations
  • Operational system diversity
  • Demand for increased efficiencies
  • Need for a common view of information

The NSGIS Solution

NSGIS implemented an Esri-based Enterprise GIS that cuts across operational, security and emergency management issues.

  • Data and ready-made maps served directly from Esri ArcGIS for Server to other software and systems, e.g., Situational Management, Lease Management, and Environmental database systems.
  • Integrated display of static GIS data and dynamic data including vessels, traffic, weather and Blue Force Tracking for Port Police.
  • Delivery and integration of all geospatial information via geoPOLA – the Port-wide Intranet GIS web map viewer.

In addition to the accolades that The Port of Angeles received for this project, the Port of Los Angeles staff, Esri and NorthSouth GIS collaborated on creating a video that describes how much the Enterprise GIS system truly revolutionized the day to day operations at the Port:

Port of Los Angeles Chief of Police:  Ronald J. Boyd
Port of Los Angeles Director of Operations:  John Holmes
Port of Los Angeles Enterprise GIS Manager:  Christine Thome


NorthSouth GIS is now offering the delivery of similar capabilities as implemented at the Port of Los Angeles for both on-site implementation or via our cost effective, secure cloud technology deployment.

The Port of Los Angeles Case Study (PDF)


Call us at (800) 866-5013 ext 11 or  email us at ports@nsgis.com today!

Awards for geoPOLA




The Port of Los Angeles received an American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) award for the best Information Communication Technology (ICT) project in 2010.




The Port of Los Angeles also received a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the 2010 Esri International User Conference.

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